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Benito Steen's video, "Building with Mud: A Continuum" Looks Good Enough To Eat

There are lots of videos about Natural Building. Sublime dialogue-free ones with just music; a favorite of mine shows step-by-step construction of a timber frame build in Finland with no dialogue, just great music,…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on June 28, 2018 at 12:53pm — No Comments

Heat, Job Security, and Right Living, by Terry Nordbye of Air Sealing Solutions

Heat is Where it’s At.

“There is a detectable difference between the past and the future only when there is the flow of heat. With no heat, the future behaves exactly like the past- there is no time.”

—Carlo Rovelli. Seven Brief Lessons in…
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Added by Home Energy Magazine on June 8, 2018 at 12:47pm — 1 Comment

The Silver Bullet to Zero Energy Affordability, by Paul Springer

 

Hint: It’s not solar or storage...

 

Before solving the above scenario, the key assumptions are as follows:

  • Both houses are identical in location, design, and orientation
  • Location is Arizona, or Climate Zone 5
  • Size of home is 1900 square feet
  • New construction and meets minimum 2009 IECC requirements, or an estimated annual…
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Added by Home Energy Magazine on April 19, 2018 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Rebuild Green Expo, Santa Rosa, CA Feb 23, 2018

I was spending a month in Oregon (in an off-grid community of mud huts and organic food) when the fires began raging in Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino Counties. Driving home to the Bay…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on March 23, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

Permit me to Explain--by Chris Stratton and Wen Lee

Chris Stratton and Wen Lee…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on March 1, 2018 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

How We Turned Our House into a Giant Foam Box, Part I — Wall Insulation By Wen Lee

Chris Stratton and Wen Lee are a husband-and-wife team living in the Los Angeles area who are DIY converting their suburban house into an all-electric zero net energy home via superinsulation,…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on February 21, 2018 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Andrew Scatizzi- Stick to the Basics in New Construction

Thousands of energy models for newly constructed single family homes is a treasure trove of information if you’re like me and have a zealous obsession with cutting kilowatt-hours. As the utility company, we pay monetary incentives to builders that construct homes above an energy baseline, which in 2017 was a mixture of codes and measures from 2009 and 2015 IECC, with the overall goal of cutting peak demand and electricity consumption. The one overarching theme after reading through thousands…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on February 6, 2018 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

Degree Days Shuffle

A 2015 study, “Impacts of global warming on residential heating and cooling degree-days in the United States,” comparing heating degree-days (HDD), cooling degree-days (CDD), and HDD + CDD across the United States during the historical period 1981–2010 and the future period 2080–2099 predicts that New York City weather will become more like today’s Oklahoma City weather and Seattle’s will become more like present day San…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on December 12, 2017 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

People Who Save Energy

According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), there are millions of workers in the country creating homes that are more energy efficient, and safer and more comfortable to live in. In fact, the Department of Energy puts that number at more than 2-million people working for energy…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on November 15, 2017 at 2:35pm — No Comments

Coping with Dust and Smoke From Fires

October will long be remembered in Northern California, where wildfires destroyed over 8,000 structures, killed scores, and forever changed Sonoma and Napa counties. Survivors face new threats and hazards seldom addressed in design-build magazines and chat rooms.

We instinctually fear flames from…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on November 7, 2017 at 2:57pm — 1 Comment

Applications Now Being Accepted for BPI's Jon Siemen Memorial Scholarship

The Jon Siemen Memorial Scholarship has been developed to honor the life, memory, and work of Jon Siemen, who passed away in March 2015. Jon started his career in weatherization in the late 1970s, when he began working at Community Action in Southwestern Vermont (BROC). Around 1993/1994, Jon and his brother started an air sealing service that they ran for a few years. In 1996, Jon joined the Champlain Valley…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on October 2, 2017 at 6:37pm — No Comments

Connecticut Builders at the Forefront of Zero Energy Home Construction

Since 2009, Connecticut utilities Eversource and United Illuminating have provided a stage for builders to compete and showcase their newly-constructed super energy-efficient homes through Energize Connecticut’s Zero Energy Challenge(ZEC).

The Challenge has kick-started a new era of home building in Connecticut. Builders…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on September 15, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

NREL Research Finds That 22% of New Homes Completed in the U.S. in 2016 Were HERS Rated

The National Renewable Energy Research Laboratory (NREL) has been researching the penetration of the HERS Index Score in the U.S. housing market and discovered that in 2016, 22% of all completed new homes in the U.S. were HERS rated, according to David Roberts, NREL Residential Buildings Research Group…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on September 12, 2017 at 11:04am — 1 Comment

LIHEAP In Action: A LIHEAP Employee Story

"In a tremendously difficult economy, I found myself desiring to learn a new skill set, one that could sustain me throughout my lifetime. I would have to say that the educational resources offered through training have served to heighten the development of my vocation which parallels my passion for this…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on August 30, 2017 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

If You Sell Electricity, You Should Be Worried

Any way you look at it, residential electricity use in America is falling. Recent data from the Energy Information Administration show that electricity use fell 3% in total and 7% when calculated per person in the last five years. This is a lot of electricity, corresponding to a 300 kWh per year reduction per person, or about one refrigerator per home. The decline also appears to be widespread; for example, residential electricity consumption fell in 48 out of 50 states between 2010 and 2015…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on August 21, 2017 at 2:56pm — 2 Comments

Women in Building Performance: Julie Michals

Julie Michals is the Director of Clean Energy Valuation at E4TheFuture. In this role, her focus is on initiatives that improve approaches to measuring and evaluating clean energy program implementation. Prior to joining E4TheFuture, she spent 14 years with…
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Added by Home Energy Magazine on August 16, 2017 at 3:24pm — No Comments

Micro-housing for Veterans

“‘Never leave someone behind.’

That was our pledge in the military and in my time as a police officer. When you retire or move on, that doesn’t go away.”

In 2014, Donnie Davis got a phone call about a local campground in southern New Jersey that was up for sale. A crazy idea popped into his head. It would require a lot of money and hard work, but it had the potential to help countless neighbors and families. Donnie decided to take a leap of faith — and change the lives of his…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on July 31, 2017 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

A Closer Look at Connecticut's Zero Energy Homebuilding Competition

At the Better Buildings By Design conference, Ann Edminster spoke about the growing interest in net-zero-energy buildings saying, “This [net-zero-energy construction] is a market opportunity. This field is going to explode.”

Edminster was right. According to the Net-Zero Energy…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on July 27, 2017 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Good Intentions, Poor Results

The energy efficiency industry in California is tangled with regulation.

Without a doubt, there are many policies that have been successful. California’s strict building codes have reduced energy use per capita and are responsible for eliminating the need to build 15-20 new power plants over the last 30 years. This is a great result and job well done.

But there are also plenty of cases where…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on July 12, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

EPCs - Do You Know The Law?

Whether you are a property owner, landlord, tenant, contractor, or otherwise, it is essential to know the current and proposed laws surrounding energy performance certificates, or EPCs.

An EPC is essentially a guide to how efficiently a property uses energy, the cost of running the property, and recommendations on how to potentially improve the energy efficiency of the property.

An EPC is…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on July 5, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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